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Monday, December 13, 2010

Lights

We learned about Christmas in Australia today. Their Christmas is in the middle of summer, so it looks very different than our Christmas! They also gather together and light candles on Christmas Eve.

During centers time we created all kinds of things out of play do and some preschoolers worked on their own creative balancing investigations! Amazing dinosaur colonies were built and some serious game playing was done with the Candlyland floor game.

During Jesus Time we heard about the angels telling the shepherd about the birth of baby Jesus! The preschoolers enjoyed saying some of the phrases of the story including "Glory to God in the Highest!"

Music with Miss Marsha was very special today. She told us about Christmas and Advent in Sweden. They use a lot of candles and lights because it is very dark in Sweden. We saw some crafts they make, dolls they decorate with, learned they love pigs and heard a book read to us from Sweden. We danced to Swedish music and celebrated "Santa Lucia" or Festival of Lights. Ask your preschooler what we did!

Thanks for all the food coming in! Remember that our Christmas Party is on Friday at 10:45. Family is welcome to join in on the fun!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Our Last Week in 2010

We will finish 2010 with lots of fun and celebration in preschool! We will learn about Christmas in a few more countries, have SHARE day of Thursday and Friday, have some glittery fun, create angels and get some special items to go home to be put under your tree! We will continue to collect food this week. Thanks for the response with the food collected so far. It is wonderful to see the preschoolers excited about helping others!

This week during our Jesus Time circle we will hear the story of the angels sharing the GOOD NEWS of Jesus birth!

We have HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS parties this week too, Thursday and Friday starting at 10:45 until the end of preschool at 11:30. Special thanks to Mae and Cathy for organizing these parties and to everyone who is brining items to the clebrations! Family is certainly welcome to attend the birthday parties. Please let me know if you or any siblings will be coming.

We have had a fantastic fall with your children. We look forward to starting out 2011 with your preschoolers! Our prayers for happy and safe Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are with you.

Weekly Reminders...

When preschool is closed due to inclement weather, the cancellation will be posted on our blog by 7am the morning of the closure. Please check our blog if you are wondering if preschool is cancelled.

FOOD COLLECTION
This month we will be collecting canned food to be donated to the local food bank. Please consider bringing one or more cans a day.

Christmas Break is December 20-21. Prescool resumes on January 3, 2011.

You are invited to join the Concordia Family at 7pm on Dec. 24 for our Christmas Eve Candlelight worship service.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

What Star is This?

Today we learned about a Christmas tradition in Romania that includes metal covered stars. We made our own stars with paper stars and aluminum foil. They turned our quite lovely. We also worked our fine motor muscles making beaded Christmas ornaments and writing on white boards. Several preschoolers took measuring tapes and measured all kinds of things. Others made graphs and charts on the teacher easel. We also did some stencil work and some great counting. We sorted through our donated food and found out that so far the vegetable group has the most items. Wonderful!

At Jesus Time we sat around the lighted Christmas tree and read a story called "What Star is This." Of course it was about the star that lit the sky when Jesus was born. We talked about the Bible and how it told the story of Jesus birthday and then the preschoolers told me the story from their memories. I wish I had a video camera. It was delightful!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mmmm... candy

Today we learned about Christmas in Mexico and we all know what is inside a pinata! So we each had a few pieces of candy to celebrate! We also did a science investigation and learned that heat rises. Special thanks to our dancing deer under the candle for helping us figure that one out!

We spent time today making cards and pictures for a fellow preschooler who has been ill. We also made glittery napkin rings for the Christmas season. Stamping and painting also were part of our morning.

At Jesus Time we enjoyed the story of Jesus' birth read by the fireplace. We sang some Christmas songs and thanked God for sending Jesus!

Music with Miss Marsha was fabulous as we danced, played the bells, heard a fun gingerbread story and kept the beat to the Little Drummer Boy!

We are still collecting food for the food bank. So far we have 24 food items!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Lots of Love

Today we learned that Christmas in Japan is similar to our Valentines Day. Lots of people get married on Christmas and it not a religious holiday for most people in Japan. So today, we made symmetrical hearts. We traced a stencil or drew a heart, cut it out, painted one side of it, folded it in two and discovered what happened! We also did some stamping, building, open Christmas art and shiny sensory table fun.

We sat by the fireplace and read the story of Jesus birth today for Jesus Time. It was wonderful to sit by the warm fire and read the Bible about the birth of our Savior! We sang a few songs and prayed a prayer of thanksgiving for Jesus!

Music with Miss Marsha was today and we did a lot of new things. Ask you preschooler about the gingerbread man and the lady named Lucy with a baby named Tim!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Coming Up This Week

We will continue learning about Christmas around the world with the help of Addy the Advent Angel. This week she will be sharing about Christmas in Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Romania and Poland. We will be taking some of those traditions and incorporating them into our work at centers time. We will also be stamping, writing on Christmas stationary, making some wonderfully fun Christmas crafts, working on our number line and doing a little bit of jingling! Don’t forget we are collecting food all through December. We will continue to count a sort what comes in and talk about how we are helping others in need!

This week during our Jesus Time circle we will hear the story of the birth of Jesus! We will be singing songs and playing games to help us experience the wonder of this miracle!

We will plan on going outside some during these snowy days, so please provide snow clothes for you preschooler to wear outside… boots, mittens, hats, and warm coat. Snow pants are great too!
The church’s college group is doing a fundraiser to raise fund for their mission trip in 2012. They will be providing childcare two evenings in the coming weeks. There is a sign up sheet next to the sign in binder.

Weekly Reminders

When preschool is closed due to inclement weather, the cancellation will be posted on our blog by 7am the morning of the closure. Please check our blog if you are wondering if preschool is cancelled.

FOOD COLLECTION
This month we will be collecting canned food to be donated to the local food bank. Please consider bringing one or more cans a day.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Fresh Herbs and Wooden Crosses

This is a tradition in Greece. They take the crosses with herbs tied to them, dip them in water and sprinkle water throughout their homes. We made some of our own this morning... the classroom smelled so good! We also made paper chain, formed mangers our of clay and added a few more numbers to our number line.

Chapel with Pastor Dudley was today and we learned a little more about the Advent Wreath and John the Baptist. We sang songs, said prayers and enjoyed the beautiful trees in the sanctuary!

Art with Miss Holly was today, but I can't tell you what we did... it's a secret. You'll find out when you open your Christmas gifts at home!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Paper Chains and Snow

Addy the Advent Angel told us about Christmas in China today! One of their traditions is to make paper chains to decorate their tree. We made paper chains and advent wreaths during centers with the help of some wonderful classroom volunteers. We also built a manger for baby Jesus, dressed up as animals to visit him and wrapped him tight in a blanket. Preschoolers were also busy mailing letters to friends and family in our classroom mailbox!

We took time to enjoy the beautiful snow outside. The preschoolers loved rolling in the snow, making snow angels, and chasing one another. We even had a baby snow crocodile!

Remember to bring snow clothes for your preschooler so we can enjoy some wonderful snow time! We are also collecting food for the food bank all through this month.